Construction on I-74 in Piatt County

Road and bridge repairs will begin April 20 on a stretch of Interstate 74 from the DeWitt County line to 1.2 miles west of the Champaign County line in Piatt County.

MHS wins Envirothon contest

On April 2, the Monticello High School FFA competed in the Envirothon contest at Weldon Springs State Park.  This is a team contest where students rotate through five different stations including forestry, soils, aquatics, wildlife and a current issue.  At each station, students listen to a 15 minute presentation, then workin teams of five to answer a serious of qui

Amenia grain elevator building burns

A grain elevator used by the historic Robert Allerton family burnt down five miles east of Cisco on Wednesday. Fire officials believe wind caused an electrical line to catch the four-story-high metal and wood structure on fire during the morning hours.

Kirby Derby seeks entertainers

Organizers of this year’s Kirby Derby 5K & 10K Run, 5K Walk and free Kids’ Race would like to expand the entertainment that was provided along the race route in 2014.

Jimmy Dell to perform at Lodge Church of God

In the 1950s, it was not unusual for Jimmy Dell to sing and play piano before rockabilly-crazed crowds of up to 30,000 people. These days, as a singing evangelist, there are sometimes under 20 in the audience.

But he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Fire truck purchase gets approval

The Monticello city council Monday approved the purchase of a $632,000 Pierce rescue pumper vehicle for its fire department. A fixed-rate loan at 3.375 percent interest will be paid off over 10 years with the final outlay projected at $756,000.

Jeff Funk President of Bement School Board

With no contested seats in the election on April 7, the Bement school board wasted no time in naming new board officers the following night at its monthly board session.

MHS up for Industrial Technology grant

The Monticello High School industrial technology department is in the running for a $10,000 grant and needs help in the form of online votes. The school is one of 16 competing for the Midwest Technical Institute-Springfield grant. Voting links are available through the MTI Facebook site or at Videos have been submitted by competing schools.

Election 2015 wrap

It could be several weeks before residents in two Monticello wards know who their representative will be on the city council.

County zoning review committee appointed

A Zoning Ordinance Review Committee was unanimously approved by the Piatt County Board during their April 8 meeting. Piatt County Board Chairman Randy Keith will head the committee and serve with six other members.

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